Vern Baxter, Ph.D.

Professor and ChairVern Baxter


Office: 190 Milneburg Hall
Phone: 504-280-7312


Educational Background:
Ph.D., Wisconsin

Research Interests:
Social Organization, Political Economy, Sociology of Culture, Urban Sociology, Research Methods

Dr. Baxter has a wide range of research interests in sociology, including urban sociology, political economy, cultural sociology, social theory, and the sociology of work and organizations. His early work focused on technological change and the organization of work, culminating in publication of a book entitled, Labor and Politics in the U.S. Postal Service (Plenum). He has published quantitative research on oil industry restructuring, the governance of intercollegiate athletics, and neighborhood change in New Orleans. He has also published a variety of theoretical and historical articles on the construct of honor, postal service politics, and intercollegiate athletics. Recent research includes an article published in 2014 on environmental hazards and land speculation in New Orleans East (Antipode), and a longitudinal study of the experience of disaster with Steve Kroll-Smith and Pam Jenkins (Contingency, Class, and Miss Katrina, University of Texas, November 2014).

Courses recently offered by Dr. Baxter include research design, urban sociology, and advanced sociological theory for graduate students; and social organization, sociology of popular culture, research methods, sociology of sport, and introduction to sociology for undergraduates.